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  14/5/2015: HONORARY PALME D’OR FOR AGNES VARDA
Agnès Varda, the first female director to receive an honorary Palme d’or, will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes.
  14/5/2015: INDIGENOUS FEATURE DOCO INITIATIVE
Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department has announced the first call out for the Indigenous Feature Documentary Initiative. In partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival, KOJO and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) this initiative is the first of its kind. Established Indigenous filmmakers, with a production-ready project, will have the chance to make a feature-length documentary that will premiere at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival.
  14/5/2015: MONSTER FEST PRESENTS FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHT
Monster Fest’s Fright Night will a depraved cavalcade of the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the globe.
  14/5/2015: MUSICAL SHORT LIBRARY OF LOVE GARNERS SUPPORT
Cottesloe Films is overwhelmed with the response it has received to its musical short film – Library of Love – as internationally renowned artists Emma Booth and Guy Gross offer their support.
  14/5/2015: NEW LIDO LAUNCHES IN HAWTHORN IN JUNE
The new Lido Cinemas in Melbourne is due to unveil June 25th. The eight-screen artiplex, showing both commercial and art house films, will open on Hawthorn’s bustling Glenferrie Road bringing both excitement and vibrancy with Australian premieres, exclusive releases and a focus on local community engagement.
  14/5/2015: ONE EYED GIRL WINS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD AT BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL
Australian-made dark thriller, ONE EYED GIRL has won the Audience Choice award for Best Film at the 2015 Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, adding to its growing list of accolades, including Best Film in the Dark Matters Category at Austin Film Festival and Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.
  14/5/2015: THE BABADOOK WINS BEST FEATURE AT 2015 ADG AWARDS
The success of THE BABADOOK continues with Jennifer Kent winning Best Direction in a Feature Film at the 2015 Australian Directors Guild Awards. The Awards celebrated the outstanding work of Australian screen directors over the past year across 15 categories including film, television, multiplatform, music video and advertising. Other winners included Tony Krawitz for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (episode 5) and Matthew Saville for Best Direction in a TV Comedy for PLEASE LIKE ME.
 
  21/5/2015: CANNES VIDEO - CATE BLANCHETT, TODD HAYNES, ROONEY MARA TALK ABOUT CAROL
A fascinating glimpse into one of the Cannes press conferences.
  21/5/2015: CLASSIC BOND AT THE ORPHEUM
Celebrate the return of James Bond later this year in Spectre with this marathon of classic 007 flicks, featuring a different Bond actor in each film.
  21/5/2015: DAVID & MARGARET AND ALEX GIBNEY AT SYDNEY FILM FEST
David and Margaret reunite briefly on Sunday June 7 at 3.30pm during the Sydney Film festival in one of two major Talks at Town Hall. Alex Gibney, who made the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God will also feature in a conversation on Sunday June 7 at 11am.
  21/5/2015: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD TOPS WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE
Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office.
  21/5/2015: ORPHEUM - BACK TO THE FUTURE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
The Cremorne Orpheum invites film lovers to go back in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 80s classic Back to the Future, with a screening of the entire trilogy.
  21/5/2015: STALKHER - JOHN JARRATT DIRECTING DEBUT
  21/5/2015: TOUCH TO OPEN INAUGURAL MANCHESTER INT FILM FEST
Australian thriller Touch has been selected to open the inaugural Manchester International Film Festival in July. The film is one of 18 feature films selected from 40 countries to run in the festival, which celebrates the best international films from around the world.
  28/5/2015: ANIMAL LOGIC EXPANDS INTO CANADA
Award winning Australian visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic is expanding its animation production relationship with Warner Bros. Pictures (Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The LEGO Movie), signing a three picture deal that will see the Sydney based company set up a second animation studio in Vancouver, Canada.
  28/5/2015: EVAN WILLIAMS AWARDED INAUGURAL GERALDINE PASCALL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Evan Williams, who has not only kept on keeping on but has embellished thecraft of film reviewing, has been tangibly recognised with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, a new gong from the long running annual Pascal Prize, which honours writing in the form of criticism.
  28/5/2015: THE SET, THE ORIGINAL AUSSIE SEX FILM COMING TO DVD
The Set, the first Australian film to break sexual taboos and ultimately lead to the sexual liberation of Australian cinema, has been unavailable in any format for over 45 years, but will be released on DVD by Kobra Films in late 2015 with added bonus content.
 
  30/4/2015: 2015 FESTIVAL DE CANNES COMPLETES OFFICIAL SELECTION
The 68th Festival de Cannes has completed its Official Selection with the inclusion of the following films:
  30/4/2015: BLADERUNNER FINAL CUT RETURNS TO BIG SCREEN
One of the most critically acclaimed and influential science fiction masterpieces returns to the big screen!
  30/4/2015: GOOD PITCH2 AUSTRALIA 2015 SELECTS SIX FEATURE DOCOS
The world’s leading forum for social impact documentary returns to the Sydney Opera House, September 16, 2015
 
  7/5/2015: 2015 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES
This week marks the launch of the 62nd Sydney Film Festival. Screening in 2015 are 251 films from 68 countries, including 33 world premieres, 135 Australian premieres and 4 international premieres. The Festival has more venues than ever, with screenings at Dendy Cinemas in Newtown and Casula Powerhouse in Liverpool added to those at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  7/5/2015: ASTOR THEATRE REOPENS WITH GILLIAN ARMSTRONG’S WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED
Palace Cinemas today announce Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed will receive its Melbourne premiere as part of a gala event to re-open the iconic, art deco Astor Theatre on Thursday 25 June.
  7/5/2015: DUNGOG SEEKS DONATIONS FOLLOWING STORMS
The community of Dungog is seeking donations to assist with rebuilding their homes and lives, following the recent devastating storms
  7/5/2015: FILMFEST: KEEPING FESTIVALS AND AUDIENCES CONNECTED
FilmFest brings together Australia’s leading multicultural and genre film festivals through a single collaborative online portal. Founded in 2014 by a group of film lovers including film festival directors, film academics along with ticketing and rewards specialists, the team behind FilmFest offers expertise in film festival marketing and promotion, ticketing and loyalty programs, curation and event management.
  7/5/2015: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD TO ROAR THROUGH SYDNEY STREETS
History will be recorded on Wednesday, May 13 as the sounds of suped up vehicles from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD roar through the City of Sydney for a once in a lifetime experience, culminating in a public showcase in front of one of Australia's most iconic buildings, the Sydney Opera House.
  7/5/2015: MELB INT FILM FEST ANNOUNCES 2015 NEXT GEN PROGRAM
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will again capture the imagination of young minds with the 2015 Next Gen program, the Festival’s ‘all-ages’ strand that serves to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, as well as to stimulate discussion and social awareness.
  7/5/2015: OZ FILM-MAKERS DONATE PROFITS TO BEYONDBLUE;
Profits from the upcoming Q&A charity screenings of the new Australian thriller TOUCH, will be donated to the charity beyondblue, Australian production company Triptych Pictures and film distributor ScreenLaunch announced.
 
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